Life Streams

DSCF3884From Daniel Trosper’s poem: Hope as Water ~

“The stream splits off into many sections, flows at different speeds, in different directions…”

Sometimes in unexpected directions leading us where we haven’t been before, at speeds we couldn’t imagine.

My prayer for today is to trust that God knows where all streams flow. For us to be assured God knows each and every unexpected turn.

“He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains.”

– Psalm 104: 10

Spiritual Shopping Cart

IMG_0608There have been times when I’ve unpacked the groceries, looked at what I spent and wondered how I ended up with such a small amount of food!

How about our spiritual shopping cart?

On my walk of faith, I have talked with people who have walked away from church with empty spiritual carts. Some have complaints about a pastor. Some have complaints about the congregation. I visualize them walking away pushing an empty cart.

It is easy to criticize the church, a pastor or a congregation. There is no such thing as a perfect church but I know this…there are many awesome pastors and church communities all around us! I know my pastor invests hours of prayer and preparation each week for his message. It is this time which allows him to deliver a well thought out message from his heart.

I have talked with pastors who receive emails about their messages. As if it were a performance of dancing with the pastors, they get graded and judged.

During those times when I have left church with an empty spiritual cart, it was not the fault of the pastor, the music or the congregation.

It was me.

Church is about relationship. Church is about relationship with God. When we lose that focus, it is possible to leave with an empty spiritual cart. In every church service, there is something wonderful to receive. It can happen during prayer time or during the scripture reading. God can touch our heart at any moment.

My prayer for us today is to be a gentle witness for those who have left church feeling empty. Allow God to guide us to listen to their journey. Allow God to guide us to help them focus on filling their spiritual cart with His Holy relationship.

Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.”

Psalm 4: 6

Just Checking In

IMG_0854On one of my road trips, I discovered a shrine. I named her the patron saint of wayward travelers. A couple of times a year, I visit. Checking in. Just to see if she is ok. I’m not the only who visits as there are sometimes rosary beads and flowers.

On our walk of faith, we may meet wayward travelers…spiritual seekers…people who might wonder if anyone cares enough about them to check in once in a while and see how they are doing. We may have the opportunity to listen to them and learn about their journey. God may guide us to be the person who does care enough…the person who does take the time…the person who goes out of their way to find them.

I always have my camera on my road trips and have taken a few images of the patron saint of wayward travelers. One afternoon, when I took a photo and looked at the image, I was shocked! “Blink detected!” Did I capture a blink of an eye? Had I just captured a miracle?

No. It was simply an unsteady hand. Yet, I still think about that afternoon and the blink detected. It was almost as if she wanted to let me know…”thanks for checking on me.”

A peaceful place in a remote area, far from the hustle and hassle of every day life.

I think I need a road trip.


The Lamp And Light

DSCF2813Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

Psalm 119: 105

I was talking with God this morning about guidance.

Only when I am silent in prayer can I understand and appreciate this verse.

What a wonderful image! God’s Word providing the lamp and light for our walk of faith.


Treemendous Faith

DSCF3301-1Treemendous faith!

How often are we like Zacchaeus? When our days are filled and crowded, how often do we make the extra time to spend with God?

Some days, it seems like God is crowded from my view.

My prayer for us is to make our time with God a prayerful priority!

So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.”

Luke 19: 4

Spiritual Balance

DSCF3164As I share my walk of faith, I also share some of my experience with depression and anxiety. I do so with the hope of providing encouragement with kindness and compassion.

It seems that one common trait people with depression share is learning how to hide it. Last night I submitted a poem for a writer’s prompt which asked us to write about disguises. I would like to share my first verse with you:

The disguise I am most

Familiar with is me

Put it on

Every day


This has been a very challenging and difficult week. I am so blessed to have professional, spiritual and emotional support. I lovingly refer to these people as my team.

On our walk of faith, we may have the opportunity to be a gentle witness for a person who is depressed or anxious. As I talked with God this morning, the word given to me was balance. Although it might appear obvious that a depressed person lacks balance, it might not be clear for them. The longer one remains out of balance, the more normal that can feel.

My prayer for us is to be a gentle witness for those who have lost their way…lost their balance. May we be a source of encouragement and support. May we be the helping hands. I am thankful to God for giving me balance this morning and grateful to be here with you.

a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance”

Ecclesiastes 3: 4

Spiritual Puzzle

DSCF3113While walking down the hallway of a professional office, I accidentally bumped the art work on the wall. Much to my dismay, the art work was a completed puzzle!

Of course, this was no kid puzzle with big and obvious pieces. This was like the Mona Lisa of puzzles! This was like a puzzle you would see in an art museum with one of those rope barriers to keep the bumpling visitors from touching it!

In a split second, tiny puzzle pieces were scattered on the floor! Full disclosure: I can’t do puzzles. I have been working on the same Rubik’s Cube for twelve years.

On our walk of faith, we may have the opportunity to be a gentle witness for a person who feels like the puzzle I bumped. Scattered. Separate. Incomplete. We may have the chance to listen to them and perhaps share a similar experience. With prayer and compassion, God may guide us to help pick up the pieces and be a voice of assurance. Scattered can be gathered. Separate can be joined. Incomplete can be made whole.

a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak…”

Ecclesiastes 3: 7